That’s advice I heard last weekend at the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention.
It was a well-timed trip, because my own homeschooling days haven’t been so joyous of late. In fact, I’ve been feeling sort of burnt out on the whole homeschooling thing.
We’re currently wrapping up our second year of educating our kids at home, and it’s going pretty well. There’s a lot to love about homeschooling.
The problem is that I’ve recently been keenly aware of homeschooling’s opportunity cost: I’m personally giving up a lot in order to homeschool my kids. I’ve been wondering if it’s worth it.
You see, I have a lot of balls in the air: I work part time. I write on the side. I’m a dreamer and schemer and there is so much I’d like to do, and so little time to do it in. Because I want to devote more time to the things I’m passionate about, it’s too easy for me to view my kids as obstacles blocking my path, instead of as…my kids.
I’d already decided that our reasons for homeschooling were solid, and that I wanted to continue home educating our children next year. But I still felt like I was giving up so much for my kids’ sake. Maybe too much. I wasn’t happy about the amount of time my decision to homeschool left me to pursue my own interests.
That’s why I was so interested to hit the conference, and hear from two women I admire who are managing to homeschool while successfully pursuing their own interests.
I’m enormously hopeful after this weekend: I can see a path back to finding the joy of homeschooling for my family. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the lessons I’m learning this week on the blog.
Have you ever lost your joy in a venture? How did you get it back?